I have something to celebrate this Cinqo de Mayo – a few more songs that are well on the way to being done! With things being so crazy as of late, I’m lucky to have been able to record anything at all. But I firmly believe that if you stay focused on the task, and if you ask for God to give you that window, it will come. I’m anxious to release both the 15th Anniversary reissue of Neon Apocalypse and the new album, but there’s a lot of work left to do.
I Could’ve Lost You – This song, originally, had a lot of problems with it. Nearly half of the parts were out of tune (a lot of that stuff for me back then was a work in progress – I’ve come a long way), and the ones that weren’t really weren’t recorded well. I used a lot of synth in the accompaniment, which was typical for me anyway, but back then I was connecting things in all kinds of different ways – mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing. As a result, there was some definite high-pitched air in some of the tracks that I had a really hard time doing anything about. Cleaning them up has yielded a better sound but ultimately I don’t know if I can get rid of all of them. I’ve recorded all new acoustic and electric guitar parts that I’m going to blend with some of the old ones, but I haven’t put all the effects on them yet. As it is, though, I’m already liking the sound, which is a great thing – I’ve never really been a fan of this song, but with so much time separated between when I recorded it to now, I really don’t know if it’s because of the song itself or that particular recording. If I can nail this, we’ll see what the next 15 years of consideration yields.
I’ve also recorded the guitars for two “impromptu” acoustic performances (which you’ll find on YouTube and SoundCloud hopefully within the next month) – Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Roy Orbison’s “I Drove All Night”. I can’t wait to get those completed and out. They were really fun to do and seem way out of left field for me.